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Jun162017

All Jay Z wants for Father's Day is to dismantle the "exploitative bail industry" 

Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Sundance Film FestivalExpectant father of twins and recent Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Jay Z wants to take on the "exploitative bail industry" in America for Father's Day.

In an article written for TIME magazine, Jay writes, "When I helped produce this year's docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story, I became obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry."  

The series, which aired on Spike TV this April, focused on the story of Browder, a former Bronx high school student incarcerated for three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack.  

Browder committed suicide two years after his release from jail. 

In his piece, Jay continues, "When black and brown people are over-policed and arrested and accused of crimes at higher rates than others, and then forced to pay for their freedom before they ever see trial, big bail companies prosper." 

That's why Jay Z has decided to help organizations such as Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change starting this Father's Day to "bail out fathers who can't afford the due process our democracy promises."  

"As a father with a growing family, it's the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix, we have to get rid of these inhuman practices altogether," he adds.

Jay has plans to release two more docuseries, one about the 2012 death of then 17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, titled Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

His other television project for National Geographic, called Race with Jay Z, will take a look at race in America during the 2016 presidential election. 

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